Found out my 99 OBS (175k miles, EJ22 Phase-2, MAP/Cali) has a rod knock, and confirmed with the local Subaru mechanic. I'm wondering what to do now since the phase 2 motors seem hard to come by. I haven't found one online, not even on ebay (except that one with 212k on it) I'm going to check my local junk yard today and see if they happen to have one, or can get me one, but I'm not getting my hopes up. Typically all I've seen is a bunch of Foresters in the yard. I recently did the timing belt, water pump, cam seals, all tune up stuff, outback tranny/rear diff (4.11) clutch/flywheel/rear main seal/Suspension lift/tires/wheels, etc. So I'm pretty deep into this rig.
My realistic options seem to be as follows:
1. sell the car.
2. Swap to an EJ25 and have machinist put in head gaskets and ARP studs, maybe bearings/rings/etc if I can afford it.
3. By some magic find an affordable Phase 2 EJ22.
I come from Hondas, and generally when we needed motors, we'd just get a JDM one from Hmotorsonline.com. Is anyone aware of an equivalent go-to importer for Subarus? Particularly one that would have a phase 2?
I've seen the EJ20 NA, but the reduced power and questionable compatibility of my smog components in Cali would concern me, and if I'm going through all that hassle, I think I'd sooner just get a turbo model. If theres one that bolts in and is compatible with my electronics (just needs ECU swap) then I'd seriously consider that, but from what I've read most of them need serious wiring, and while I'm comfortable with that, if all of my smog components aren't the same as what came on the car then I'm not gonna pass visual inspection. I have gotten JDM Honda swaps past the smog inspections, but only when the proper smog components were in place.
If you have any other thoughts/options, please let me know. Thanks!
Edited by blk99obs, 16 May 2014 - 03:03 PM.